2018 TAMPA BAY RAYS CAPSULE

 

MANAGER: Kevin Cash

 

2017 RECORD: 80-82

 

HOME RECORD: 42-39

 

ROAD RECORD: 38-43

 

2018 PREDICTION: 5th AL EAST

 

TEAM INFO:

 

Tropicana Field

 

OPENED: 1990

 

LEFT: 315

 

CENTER: 404

 

RIGHT: 322

 

 

SEASON OPENER: March 29 vs. Boston

 

 

FIVE YEAR WINNING TREND:

 

2013: 92

2014: 77

2015: 80

2016: 68

2017: 80

 

2018 PLAYERS TO WATCH ( 2017 NUMBERS )

 

SS Adeiny Hechavarria   8 HR, 32 RBI

OF Corey Dickerson, 27 HR, 62 RBI, .282 BA (TRADED TO PITTSBURGH)

OF Kevin Kiermaier, 15 HR, 39 RBI, 16 SB

OF Steven Souza Jr. , 30 HR, 78 RBI, 16 SB…(TRADED TO ARIZONA)

OF Dennard Span, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 12 SB ( with San Francisco)

P Chris Archer, 10 – 12, 4.07 ERA, 249 K

P Alex Calome, 47SV

P Jake Odorizzi, 10-8, 4.14 ERA

 

2018 TOP PROSPECTS

RHP Brent Honeywell

SS Willy Adames

LHP/1B Brendan McKay

1B/OF Jake Bauers

OF Jesus Sanchez

3B/2B Christian Arroyo

SS Wander Franco

SS Lucius Fox

 

TAMPA BY THE NUMBERS

 

1.07- The drop off rate in runs scored before the All-Star break to after (4.76-3.69)

 

48- Percentage of Tampa Bay runs scored via the HR….3rd best the AL

 

22- The amount of times the Rays were at the .500 mark during the season. Tampa never got above the .500 mark more than seven games

 

11- the amount of times the Rays were shut out last season, including five times in an eight game homestand

 

560- Consecutive games started by Tampa Bay pitchers under the age of 30

 

91/28- Amount of RBI and HR by Tampa Bay catchers (4 different players)

 

228- HR’s hit by the Rays, the most in team history

 

694- Runs scored by the Rays, 25th in MLB

 

734- Pitcher Chris Archer’s strikeout total from 2015-17, third most in the AL

 

45.6- Corey Dickerson swung at 45.6% of first pitches out of the zone

 

44.4- Chris Archer threw his slider 44.4% of the time

 

88.9- Archer threw his slider at 88.9 MPH

 

98.2- Ryne Stanek’s average on his fastball…10th ranked velocity in MLB

 

 

Cash leads revamped, youthful Rays to camp

 

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Spring Training is here!

Wednesday marks the beginning of the Rays’ 21st Spring Training campaign and the 10th in Charlotte County. Plenty of roster shuffling will take place between now and the beginning of the season, giving the team a distinctly different composition.

Youth will be well served with this year’s squad as a host of highly touted youngsters will likely make the roster, including shortstop Willy Adames, first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers, infielder Christian Arroyo and right-handers Brent Honeywell and Jaime Schultz.

Only four players on the current 40-man roster are 30: outfielder Denard Span, right-hander Chaz Roe, left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher Wilson Ramos. Nowhere is that youth more apparent than in the rotation. The club will enter the season with a streak of 560 games started by a pitcher under 30.

Even manager Kevin Cash’s staff will have a different look. Only hitting coach Chad Mottola and bullpen coach Stan Boroski return to their posts. New to the staff are third-base coach Matt Quatraro, pitching coach Kyle Snyder and first-base coach Ozzie Timmons. Charlie Montoyo has assumed the role of bench coach after serving as third-base coach, and Rocco Baldelli moves from first-base coach to the newly created role of Major League field coordinator.

New faces include Arroyo, infielders Ryan Schimpf and Joe Wendle, and Span, all of whom were acquired in trades. Infielder Micah Johnson was claimed off waivers. Bauers, outfielder Justin Williams, right-handers Diego Castillo, Yonny Chirinos, Honeywell and Jose Mujica and left-hander Ryan Yarbrough were all selected from the Minor League system.

Wednesday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. The team’s first full-squad workout will be held Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. All workouts are open to the public. On Feb. 23, the Rays open their Grapefruit League schedule with split-squad contests — they host the Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park and visit the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. Both games are at 1:05 p.m.

Minor League pitchers, catchers and position players will all report together this year. The first workout at the back fields of the Charlotte Sports Complex will be March 4. At that time, there will be approximately 150 players in Minor League camp.

 

 

WHAT THE SCOUTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE RAYS

The Rays never really completely re-build this team, but they should. The really need a new approach to this franchise. They will look different in 2018 after trading longtime 3B Evan Longoria. If you look at just about every great moment in Rays history, Longoria was involved. They will definitely miss him.

The Rays haven’t been good in several years. In fact, they have had four straight losing seasons and their ballpark is a disaster. There is little doubt Tampa will be riding the last-place train in the AL East. They have a lot of young talent on this roster and more young talent coming, but it will be several years before they are competitive.

Blake Snell can be an impact arm along with ace Chris Archer. Jake Odorizzi will be a good #3. Their hitters can make you pay for mistakes, but they have too many holes in their swing. There are too many questions at first and third base.

 

2018 ROSTER

 

#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

46                          Jose Alvarado     L/L         6’2″        245lbs   5/21/95

35                          Matt Andriese    R/R        6’2″        225lbs   8/28/89

22                          Chris Archer        R/R        6’2″        195lbs   9/26/88

—                          Diego Castillo     R/R        6’3″        240lbs   1/18/94

—                          Yonny Chirinos   R/R        6’2″        170lbs   12/26/93

37                          Alex Colome       R/R        6’1″        220lbs   12/31/88

87                          Jose De Leon      R/R        6’1″        220lbs   8/7/92

24                          Nathan Eovaldi  R/R        6’2″        225lbs   2/13/90

34                          Jake Faria            R/R        6’4″        235lbs   7/30/93

—                          Brent Honeywell              R/R        6’2″        180lbs   3/31/95

58                          Chih-Wei Hu       R/R        6’0″        220lbs   11/4/93

43                          Dan Jennings      L/L         6’3″        210lbs   4/17/87

36                          Andrew Kittredge             R/R        6’1″        200lbs   3/17/90

—                          Jose Mujica         R/R        6’2″        235lbs   6/29/96

23                          Jake Odorizzi      R/R        6’2″        190lbs   3/27/90

50                          Austin Pruitt       R/R        5’10”      180lbs   8/31/89

52                          Chaz Roe             R/R        6’5″        190lbs   10/9/86

57                          Jaime Schultz      R/R        5’10”      200lbs   6/20/91

4                            Blake Snell          L/L         6’4″        200lbs   12/4/92

59                          Ryne Stanek        R/R        6’4″        215lbs   7/26/91

—                           Hunter Wood     R/R        6’1″        165lbs   8/12/93

—                          Ryan Yarbrough R/L         6’5″        205lbs   12/31/91

Catchers

#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

40                          Wilson Ramos    R/R        6’1″        260lbs   8/10/87

45                          Jesus Sucre         R/R        6’0″        200lbs   4/30/88

Infield

#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

27                          Willy Adames     R/R        6’0″        200lbs   9/2/95

—                          Christian Arroyo               R/R        6’1″        180lbs   5/30/95

5                            Matt Duffy          R/R        6’2″        170lbs   1/15/91

11                          Adeiny Hechavarria         R/R        6’0″        195lbs   4/15/89

—                          Micah Johnson   L/R         6’0″        210lbs   12/18/90

13                          Brad Miller          L/R         6’2″        215lbs   10/18/89

29                          Daniel Robertson             R/R        5’11”      200lbs   3/22/94

—                          Ryan Schimpf     L/R         5’9″        180lbs   4/11/88

—                          Joey Wendle       L/R         6’1″        190lbs   4/26/90

Outfield

#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

—                          Jake Bauers         L/L         6’1″        195lbs   10/6/95

10                          Corey Dickerson               L/R         6’1″        200lbs   5/22/89

39                          Kevin Kiermaier L/R         6’1″        215lbs   4/22/90

0                            Mallex Smith      L/R         5’10”      180lbs   5/6/93

—                          Denard Span       L/L         6’0″        210lbs   2/27/84

—                          Justin Williams   L/R         6’2″        215lbs   8/20/95